Resolved Can a removed MBPro 2.5" H/D be used in a PC laptop?

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  1. TB07-NJ, May 28, 2014
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    TB07-NJ macrumors 68020

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    I pulled a 250GB mechanical hard-drive from a 2010 MacBook Pro and replaced it with an SSD. Can that drive be used in a PC (after removing partition & formatting of course)?

    Only reason I ask is because the label on the drive says: "Apple HDD FIRMWARE" so I am wondering if there is something Apple specific in its firmware.
     
  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    It's a plain, regular drive. You can stick it in a PC with no issues.
     
  3. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

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    I've been using an Apple hard drive in my PS3 for years. You'll have no trouble running one with a Windows machine.
     
  4. thekev macrumors 604

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    If your concern is with non-standard firmware, you take that risk with any oem drive. I would use identical drives and firmware if creating an array, but for a single drive I wouldn't worry too much. You will have to format the drive appropriately prior to use, but that's it.
     
  5. TB07-NJ thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks "ALL." That is what I assumed but wanted to double check.
     
  6. Abacus2039 macrumors newbie

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    If you are going to use it in a PC you may need to clean it with diskpart first.

    Just google diskpart clean.
     
  7. jruschme macrumors 6502

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    One minor note, some Apple drives are firmware locked to SATA-1 speeds (150). They will still work in a PC, though.
     

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